As part of our new cardiovascular risk assessment (the VAP test) we are analyzing not just the amount of LDL or “lousy” cholesterol in the blood but also the pattern of the LDL. Pattern “A” refers to large fluffy particles which are less damaging to blood vessels vs pattern “B” which refers to smaller and denser particles that tend to stick around longer and are more damaging to blood vessels. If you have a pattern “B” then you are twice as prone to have a heart attack or die suddenly from your heart disease. Heredity plays a role in which pattern you have but the good news is that lifestyle changes such as increased exercise and weight loss can help move those with pattern “B” to pattern “A” Simple changes in diet as advised by our nutritionist Rick, and certain medications can all play a beneficial role.
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